I have a lot of stories to tell about how I came to be in a bidding war with a company that is one of the top 10 largest home search engines on the internet.
It is one that I think many of us would like to have forgotten.
I was one of hundreds of thousands of people who searched for homes online in the weeks before the US presidential election.
For the next six months I was part of the largest bidding war I have ever experienced.
It was, by all accounts, one of those rare moments where an individual with a small fortune could buy the entire house of a small town in Ohio and leave no money behind.
The house that I lived in was purchased for £821,000.
The seller paid a premium of more than £1m, but it was worth £10m.
This was in May 2016, and the house was still in the hands of the seller and the bank.
I lived a few doors down from the house, in a nearby suburb, and was one person away from becoming the new owner of the house.
The price was much lower, but the prospect of buying the house seemed a lot more appealing.
After all, my friends had done the same thing.
When we got to the bidding, I had the house I wanted.
After an extensive discussion I settled on a price of £6.5m, and my friend had settled on £4.5 million.
But the deal was off.
“I have a feeling this is a bit of a weird deal,” I said to my friend.
“It’s not fair.
I can’t even afford the house myself.”
My friend had done it before.
He had paid more than a million pounds for a house in London, then sold it for a price much lower.
“How could you be that stupid?”
I knew I was being naive, but I couldn’t let that slide.
I could not afford the price.
We went back to the house and I told him I was sorry.
“But I know you’ve bought it before, so it’s just fair.”
“I’ve got a house.”
I was shocked.
“No, I’ve just been shopping for a place to live.
I’ve been buying things like houses, flats and lots of other stuff, and now I’m just doing this because I want to.
You’ve been in a similar situation before.”
My friends had been duped.
We were all in the same boat.
I had made the mistake of buying something for a higher price than the house had value.
I bought it, and it wasn’t worth it.
I am sure I am not the only one.
I know lots of people have bought homes for much more than they had actually paid for them.
The story is similar to that of the guy who lived next door to my house and had to sell it.
In the years before the election, he and his wife had been building a new home for their family.
When the election happened, they put a huge bid on the house to buy it.
They sold it to the bank, which had a mortgage rate of 10% to 3%.
But the bank didn’t want to lend the money to the couple, so the bank gave them a loan of £2.5bn, which they could only afford because the bank was providing them with a discount.
The couple had to give up all of their property and all of the money they made from selling it.
Then, after the election came along, the bank suddenly gave the couple a loan worth £2bn to build a new house for their children.
In other words, the Bank of England cut off the money from their mortgage, which meant they couldn’t afford to buy a house, or a flat, or any other type of property.
I have also been dupes by a number of others.
When I was working in marketing in my twenties, I went on a shopping spree for clothes, shoes and jewellery.
I would spend a week with a huge shopping bag and then, after some shopping, return home to my family and spend another week at home.
The shopping bag is my worst nightmare.
I’m still carrying it around in my pocket, with the clothes on, but with the jewellery gone.
I try to be very careful with what I put in my shopping bag.
I always make sure to get everything that is worth more than the money I’m spending on it, but not so much that I don’t buy a lot.
It’s like I’m buying a car and then the salesman tells me I have to spend $3,000 on it.
This is the worst case scenario, but there are others.
In 2016, I was an unpaid intern at a big fashion house, and I was told by my boss to buy all the clothes that he wanted me to wear.
I did this for an hour a day, seven days a week.
The money I made